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Liga Endesa
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 ACB season
Liga Endesa.jpg
Logo ACB
Sport Basketball
Founded 1957
(as Liga Nacional)
Inaugural season 1983–84
No. of teams 18
Country  Spain
 Andorra (1 team)
Continent Europe Europe
Most recent champion(s) Real Madrid (32nd title)
Most titles Real Madrid (32 titles)
TV partner(s) TVE, FORTA
Level on pyramid 1st Tier
Relegation to LEB Oro – 2nd Tier (Last 2)
Domestic cup(s) Spanish King's Cup
Spanish Supercup
Official website www.acb.com (Spanish)

The Liga ACB (English: ACB League), known as the Liga Endesa (English: Endesa League) for sponsorship reasons, is the first tier level men's professional basketball league in Spain. It began in 1957, with the name of Liga Nacional, and was originally organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation. The league changed to its current form, beginning with the 1983–84 season, after the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) took control over the league. The league is rated as one of the top three European national domestic/regional leagues in the European national basketball league rankings system.

The ACB League, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 18 teams, of which the most successful have been Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal.

Liga championship rules[edit]

Real Madrid playing against Fuenlabrada

Each team has to play all the other teams in its division twice, once at home and once away. This means that in Liga ACB the league's regular season ends after all teams play 34 matches.

At the end of the league, the eight best teams in the standings start a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 8th place team in the standings, and so on. There are three playoff rounds, each consisting of five game series, and the winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the Liga ACB. This is similar to the NBA playoffs system, but shorter.

Each season, the two last qualified teams of the regular season are relegated to LEB Oro and replaced by the two first qualified teams of this league.

Arena standards[edit]

Currently, Liga ACB clubs must have home arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.


History[edit]

  • 1957 to 1982–83  Liga Nacional
  • 1983-84 to present  Liga ACB

Title holders[edit]

Total titles by Club (Liga Nacional & ACB)[edit]

Club W R Winning years
Real Madrid 32 11 1957, 1958, 1960 to 1966, 1968 to 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984 to 1986, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015
FC Barcelona 18 19 1959, 1981, 1983, 1987 to 1990, 1995 to 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
Joventut Badalona 4 10 1967, 1978, 1991, 1992
Baskonia 3 4 2002, 2008, 2010
Málaga 1 2 2006
Manresa 1 0 1998
Picadero 0 4
Estudiantes 0 4
Sevilla 0 2
Orillo Verde 0 1
Valencia 0 1
Bilbao 0 1

ACB Finals[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Series Result Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1983–84 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 1
N/A Spain Lolo Sainz
1984–85 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona
2 – 1
N/A Spain Lolo Sainz
1985–86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 0
N/A Spain Lolo Sainz
1986–87 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona
3 – 1
N/A Spain Aíto García Reneses
1987–88 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
N/A Spain Aíto García Reneses
1988–89 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
N/A Spain Aíto García Reneses
1989–90 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona
3 – 0
N/A Spain Aíto García Reneses
1990–91 Joventut Badalona FC Barcelona
3 – 1
United States Corny Thompson Spain Lolo Sainz
1991–92 Joventut Badalona Real Madrid
3 – 2
United States Mike Smith Spain Lolo Sainz
1992–93 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona
3 – 2
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis United States Clifford Luyk
1993–94 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis United States Clifford Luyk
1994–95 FC Barcelona Baloncesto Málaga
3 – 2
United States Michael Ansley Spain Aíto García Reneses
1995–96 FC Barcelona CDB Sevilla
3 – 0
Spain Xavi Fernández Spain Aíto García Reneses
1996–97 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Spain Roberto Dueñas Spain Aíto García Reneses
1997–98 Bàsquet Manresa Saski Baskonia
3 – 1
Spain Joan Creus Spain Luis Casimiro
1998–99 FC Barcelona CDB Sevilla
3 – 0
United States Derrick Alston Spain Aíto García Reneses
1999–00 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 2
Spain Alberto Angulo Italy Sergio Scariolo
2000–01 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 0
Spain Pau Gasol Spain Aíto García Reneses
2001–02 Saski Baskonia Baloncesto Málaga
3 – 0
United States Elmer Bennett Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Duško Ivanović
2002–03 FC Barcelona Valencia BC
3 – 0
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Serbia and Montenegro Svetislav Pešić
2003–04 FC Barcelona Club Estudiantes
3 – 2
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga Serbia and Montenegro Svetislav Pešić
2004–05 Real Madrid Saski Baskonia
3 – 2
United States Louis Bullock Serbia and Montenegro Božidar Maljković
2005–06 Baloncesto Málaga Saski Baskonia
3 – 0
Spain Jorge Garbajosa Italy Sergio Scariolo
2006–07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 1
Spain Felipe Reyes Spain Joan Plaza
2007–08 Saski Baskonia FC Barcelona
3 – 0
United States Pete Mickeal Croatia Neven Spahija
2008–09 FC Barcelona Saski Baskonia
3 – 1
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2009–10 Saski Baskonia FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Brazil Tiago Splitter Montenegro Duško Ivanović
2010–11 FC Barcelona Bilbao Basket
3 – 0
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2011–12 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Slovenia Erazem Lorbek Spain Xavier Pascual
2012–13 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 2
Spain Felipe Reyes Spain Pablo Laso
2013–14 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 1
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2014–15 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Spain Sergio Llull Spain Pablo Laso

Finals appearances[edit]

Num Team W L
25 FC Barcelona 15 10
17 Real Madrid 10 7
7 Baskonia 3 4
6 Joventut Badalona 2 4
3 Málaga 1 2
2 Sevilla 0 2
1 Manresa 1 0
1 Valencia 0 1
1 Estudiantes 0 1
1 Bilbao 0 1

Current clubs[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Baloncesto Sevilla Sevilla Palacio San Pablo 10,200
CAI Zaragoza Zaragoza Pabellón José Luis Abós 10,744
Dominion Bilbao Basket Bilbao Bilbao Arena 10,040
FC Barcelona Lassa[1] Barcelona Palau Blaugrana 8,250
FIATC Joventut Badalona Palau Olímpic 12,760
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas Gran Canaria Arena 11,500
Iberostar Tenerife San Cristóbal de La Laguna Santiago Martín 5,100
ICL Manresa[2] Manresa Nou Congost 5,000
Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504
Montakit Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Fernando Martin 5,700
MoraBanc Andorra Andorra la Vella Poliesportiu d'Andorra 5,000
Movistar Estudiantes Madrid Barclaycard Center 13,500
Real Madrid Madrid Barclaycard Center 13,500
RETAbet.es GBC[3] San Sebastián San Sebastián Arena 10,241
Río Natura Monbús Obradoiro Santiago de Compostela Multiusos Fontes do Sar 5,824
Universidad Católica de Murcia Murcia Palacio de Deportes 7,454
Unicaja Málaga Martín Carpena 11,300
Valencia Basket Valencia Fuente de San Luis 9,000

All-time Liga ACB table[edit]

The All-time Liga ACB table is an overall record of all match results of every team that has played in Liga ACB since the 1983–84 season. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2014–15 season.

Pos Team Season Played Won Lost 1st 2nd 3rd 4th QF Debut Since/Last App Best
1 Barcelona 32 1362 1022 340 15 10 4 1 2 1983–84 1983–84 1
2 Real Madrid 32 1321 967 354 10 7 6 2 6 1983–84 1983–84 1
3 Baskonia 32 1248 781 467 3 4 4 4 12 1983–84 1983–84 1
4 Joventut 32 1211 716 495 2 4 5 4 6 1983–84 1983–84 1
5 Estudiantes 32 1210 657 553 1 5 7 9 1983–84 1983–84 2
6 Málaga[4] 30 1153 653 500 1 2 4 5 8 1983–84 1987–88 1
7 Valencia 26 984 550 434 1 1 2 12 1988–89 1996–97 2
8 Sevilla 26 944 443 501 2 6 1989–90 1989–90 2
9 Valladolid 30 1032 432 600 4 1983–84 2013–14 6
10 Manresa 28 1004 430 574 1 2 2 1983–84 2007–08 1
11 Gran Canaria 24 880 411 469 1 11 1985–86 1995–96 4
12 Girona 20 731 330 401 4 1988–89 2007–08 5
13 Zaragoza 13 473 270 203 2 3 6 1983–84 1995–96 3
14 Breogán 16 604 242 362 2 1984–85 2005–06 6
15 Fuenlabrada 17 590 232 358 4 1996–97 2005–06 7
16 Murcia 17 602 199 403 1990–91 2011–12 10
17 Bilbao 10 393 190 203 1 5 2004–05 2004–05 2
18 León 11 398 179 219 3 1990–91 2007–08 6
19 Peñas 12 441 173 268 1983–84 1995–96 10
20 Granollers 10 352 166 186 7 1983–84 1992–93 5
21 Cáceres 11 388 163 225 1 1992–93 2002–03 5
22 Ourense 12 383 143 240 2 1989–90 2000–01 8
23 Canarias[5] 10 351 141 210 2 1983–84 2012–13 6
24 OAR Ferrol 10 350 140 210 1 1983–84 1993–94 7
25 Granada 12 411 140 271 1996–97 2010–11 10
26 Lucentum 9 316 132 184 3 2000–01 2011–12 6
27 Zaragoza 2002 6 210 99 111 1 1 2008–09 2010–11 3
28 Gipuzkoa 8 273 98 175 1 2006–07 2008–09 5
29 Collado Villalba 5 226 93 133 1 1987–88 1991–92 8
30 Oximesa 6 225 82 143 1986–87 1991–92 11
31 Andorra 5 181 78 103 1 1992–93 2014–15 8
32 Maristas Málaga 4 160 76 84 1988–89 1991–92 13
33 Cajabilbao 5 184 76 108 1986–87 1990–91 9
34 Espanyol 5 165 73 92 1 1984–85 1988–89 8
35 Obradoiro 5 172 67 106 1 2009–10 2011–12 8
36 Lleida 4 140 57 83 1 2001–02 2004–05 8
37 Cantabria 5 170 53 117 1997–98 2001–02 14
38 Menorca 5 168 51 117 2005–06 2011–12 15
39 Círculo Católico 3 97 49 48 1 1 1983–84 1985–86 4
40 Cajamadrid 3 98 46 52 1 1983–84 1985–86 5
41 Gijón 4 144 37 107 1995–96 2001–02 15
42 Salamanca 2 76 36 40 1994–95 1995–96 9
43 Tenerife AB 2 89 28 61 1988–89 1989–90 22
44 Llíria 2 79 27 52 1991–92 1992–93 16
45 Tenerife 2 68 25 43 2003–04 2004–05 10
46 L'Hospitalet 1 31 11 20 1983–84 1983–84 15
47 Ciudad de Huelva 1 39 11 28 1997–98 1997–98 17
48 Askatuak 1 43 10 33 1988–89 1988–89 24

League or status at 2014–15 season:

2014–15 ACB season
2014–15 LEB Oro season
2014–15 LEB Plata season
2014–15 Liga EBA season
Lower divisions
Clubs that no longer exist or does not compete in senior competitions

Awards[edit]

ACB records[edit]

Fran Vázquez holds the record for most blocks in an ACB game, 12
  • Most Points in a Game
  • Most Field Goals Made in a Game
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game
  • Most Free Throws Made in a Game
  • Most Rebounds in a Game
  • Most Assists in a Game
  • Most Steals in a Game
  • Most Blocks in a Game
  • Most Points in a Game
  • Fewest Points in a Game
  • Largest Margin of Victory in a Game
  • Victory with fewest points

Spanish clubs in European competitions[edit]

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Euroleague Eurocup Saporta Cup EuroChallenge Korać Cup
C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF
Real Madrid 9 9 10 1 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
FC Barcelona 2 5 9 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 3
Joventut Badalona 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 3
Baskonia 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Málaga 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Estudiantes 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1
Valencia 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bilbao 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Girona 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Sevilla 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gran Canaria 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zaragoza 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Picadero 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Círculo Católico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Valladolid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cáceres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Other competitions[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Lassa Tyres, nuevo patrocinador principal de las secciones del FC Barcelona" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "ICL sera el patrocinador principal del Bàsquet Manresa" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 14 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "¡Nace el RETAbet.es GBC!" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 4 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Includes CB Caja de Ronda results
  5. ^ Includes old CB Canarias results
  6. ^ Top minutes played at ACB.com
  7. ^ Top scorers at ACB.com

External links[edit]